At Trusted Dental Care, Dr. Fesaha Gebrehiwot uses veneers to improve how his patients’ smiles look in Wylie, TX. These porcelain thin shells are bonded directly to the front of the teeth. Dr. G. uses veneers to make minor aesthetic improvements to restore a smile. Veneers are custom made for each patient to match the color, shape, and size of their existing teeth. During a smile makeover consultation, Dr. G. can answer your questions related to veneers and can determine if you’re a candidate. Here are some of the most important things to consider when deciding if veneers are for you.
What are veneers?
Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that modify a smile with crooked, stained, or decayed teeth. They are bonded directly to the front of your teeth to instantly transform your smile. With custom porcelain veneers, our general dentist, Dr. G., can improve the length, shape, size, and color of your teeth.
Am I a candidate for porcelain veneers?
At Trusted Dental Care, Dr. G. can determine if you’re a candidate for veneers after a comprehensive dental exam to assess your current oral health at our Wylie, TX office. Ideal candidates won’t have any signs of tooth decay or gum disease. Those who clench or grind their teeth won’t be the best candidates for veneers, which are not indestructible.
How do veneers improve a smile?
Veneers are used to fix minor cosmetic issues, such as cracks or chips. While they cannot change the positioning of teeth, veneers can change the overall look of a smile. They also can immediately whiten stained or discolored teeth. In addition, they help restore enamel in patients with enamel erosion or abrasion, which leads to stronger teeth.
How do veneers work?
Porcelain veneers are placed over the course of two visits to our Wylie, TX office. During your first visit, Dr. G. will prepare your teeth by removing a small portion of your tooth enamel. This enables your veneers to have an even placement, resulting in a natural-looking result. Next, he will design and customize your veneers to match your desired smile. A digital impression of your teeth will be taken and sent to our lab. A set of temporary veneers are placed for you to wear while your customized pair is created, which takes about two weeks. Once your veneers are ready, Dr. G. will bond them and make small adjustments for the most comfortable fit.
Do veneers hurt?
Most patients don’t report pain after getting veneers. This is because they are a minimally invasive dental procedure that requires no local anesthesia injections or incisions. The only preparation necessary is the removal of existing tooth enamel for proper adhesion.
How long do my veneers last?
With proper oral hygiene of twice-daily brushing and once-daily flossing, you can have your porcelain veneers for 10 – 20 years. A regular maintenance schedule of comprehensive dental exams and routine dental cleanings are important to maintain overall oral health too.
Will my insurance company cover veneers?
Typically, insurance companies don’t cover veneers since they are considered an elective procedure and are not considered medically necessary.
How do I care for my veneers?
Caring for your veneers helps ensure that they last a long time. To protect your veneers, you should maintain proper oral hygiene with brushing and flossing. You should be able to floss normally with your veneers and, if not, Dr. G. can help you. A night guard is another option used to maintain your veneers as they protect both your natural teeth and veneers.
Schedule an appointment to learn more about porcelain veneers
When you’re interested in learning how to improve the appearance of your smile, a smile makeover consultation with Dr. Fesaha Gebrehiwot at Trusted Dental Care can help. He can answer questions you have about veneers and determine if this cosmetic dentistry procedure is right for you. To schedule a smile makeover consultation, call our professional team in Wylie, TX today.